Did I mention last week that Mr Gubbins and I were heading off to Buckingham Palace on Monday? Yes, I think I probably did. Well, we had a lovely day schmoozing with Princes Philip and Edward and the Countess of Wessex, along with Philip Schofield, Jenny Bond, David Seaman, Danny Cipriani, Ainsley Harriet et al. Also present were dozens of Headteachers and their D of E co-ordinators from around the country, and as I said last week, the event was an appropriate acknowledgement of the work Mr Gubbins puts in on behalf of our students. We don’t currently have any Gold participants at Wellington (although former student Jessica Allan will receive her award at the Palace in the Autumn, having completed the scheme with the Timperley D of E, based at Christ Church) but it was wonderful to see young people from other schools who had accomplished this great feat and hear the stories of their dedication and resilience and see the pride and joy of their parents. I’m sure, before too long, we will have students who will have completed Bronze, Silver and Gold Award whilst at Wellington.
It’s back down to earth with a bump this week though for Mr Gubbins as he takes 60+ students on the Bronze assessed expedition this weekend. Good luck to all those involved, a huge thank you to the staff who are giving up their weekend and let’s all keep our fingers crossed for fine weather.
You will all be aware that GCSEs and AS levels got under way this week and well done to all those who have sat exams so far; their attitude has been spot on and I’m sure it will bear fruit. As teachers and parents we have a responsibility to ‘manage’ our young people through this challenging period and we have seen this week in school, the pressure visibly getting to one or two of the students. They should ALL be reassured that they’ve worked incredibly hard and been superbly prepared and guided by their teachers. Without wanting to do the ‘granny to suck eggs’ thing, I would advise ‘a little bit often’ approach to revision over the next few weeks, rather than long periods of cramming. Plenty of breaks, eat and sleep well and BELIEVE! The results will take care of themselves.
Last night, Mrs Copeland and I were invited to the annual celebration event at the Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, home of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention (soon to be rebranded as ‘Prevent Breast Cancer’). It was an emotional but truly inspiring evening; what a team they have there. Of course, they heralded our achievement of raising £37,000 and £37,500 in 2012 and 2014 respectively. It’s such a fantastic charity that I’m sure we will make them a target for our sponsored walk again sometime in the future and evidently there are other ways we can support them in the meantime. I think they were a little put out that we had beaten our previous record and raised over £41,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust this year. We have engaged with both charities on education programmes and, in addition to the fundraising, let’s hope we can guide our youngsters (and members of their families and wider communities) towards making the right life-style choices. Prevention, after all, is better than the cure.
A ‘good news’ email to start the week off appeared in our admin inbox, sent by Mr Smith, father of Hannah and Altrincham Eagles U14 Coach:
“Dear Mr Beeley & PE Staff - a quartet of Y9 Wellington girls were outstanding in helping Altrincham Eagles FC Girls U14s secure a double cup success this weekend against Urmston Town at Flixton FC. Hannah Smith (Captain) and Alice Lamb scored both goals to help win the League Cup Final on Saturday 2-0, with Evie Chard receiving the 'Girl of the Game.' While on Sunday, Ella Richards scored one in the 3-0 win to secure our second trophy (the Challenge Cup Final) in two days. All four girls played fantastically well in both finals and are a credit to Altrincham FC and Wellington School.”
Well done, ladies! All great girls who contribute so much to the School both in the classroom and on the ‘sports field’. We’re so proud to have you.
From Miss Grey: “7.3a have created some great work in their Art lessons. Working in groups, they have created these stunning circus pieces in collage. I have been really impressed with their efforts and how they have approached the work and collaborated in its completion. Well done 7.3a - team work all the way!” (And thanks to Mr Wilkinson for a bit of artistic licence with the background!) I believe Miss Grey plans to have the work framed and displayed in the Watson Hall so if you are coming along to Open Morning on the 25th June, do take a look at the high standard of work these students have produced.
Miss Hitchens “wishes the Year 11 cohort luck in their GCSE English Literature exams next week. 100 Y11s attended a special study session yesterday on the relevance of context in The Tempest and the ideas suggested were fantastic which bodes well for Monday’s exam. Revise hard Y11; we have been massively impressed by the number of independent practice essays completed! If you have any last-minute questions on Monday morning, then Miss Hitchens’ room is open from 7.15am – there may even be some breakfast!”
I’ll be there!
From Miss Tedford: “This half term, class 7.1a have been enjoying the study of romantic ballads from the medieval period. All pupils were inspired to write their own ballads and have really endeavoured to engage with the literature, despite its challenging nature. The Lady of Shalott has proven to be a particular favourite amongst pupils, as it combines both romance and tragedy. One pupil (Natalie Sparks, 7HCR) wrote a beautiful poem entitled ‘The Cherry Forest’ which expresses ideas about love and how it can be likened to nature. My congratulations go out to Natalie, for writing such a profound and imaginative piece of verse. Overall, I am pleased that 7.1a have enjoyed studying this topic and hope, that it will further inspire and develop the pupils’ love of literature.”
An announcement from Mr Little: “Parents of children in Year 7, your children will soon be bringing home a free computer…
The BBC, in collaboration with 29 partners, has developed a small computer that is to be distributed free to every Year 7 pupil in the UK through schools. The computer, known as the micro:bit, features motion detection, a built-in compass, Bluetooth, programmable buttons and 25 LEDs. The computer can be programmed to play games, become a dice, timer or scoreboard. There are endless projects that could be undertaken. The programs can be written on desktop, laptop or tablet computers and even a mobile phone. The program is then downloaded and transferred to the micro:bit via USB cable. Your son/daughter has had a lesson in school in which they have been introduced to the micro:bit. It is now theirs to keep. The best way to learn is to view the video tutorials at https://www.microbit.co.uk I hope you have fun coding together!”
What a brilliant initiative … totally beyond my grasp but brilliant nonetheless! I hope our students ‘wow’ those at home with their coding skills. This, of course, illustrates the changing nature of this subject area from ICT to Computer Science in recent times, and for those students with an eye on the future, the jobs’ market is crying out for people with such skills.
Here is this week’s list of ‘Mathemagicians’ compiled by Miss Edmonds on behalf of the Maths department: “Our first nomination from Key Stage 3 goes to Deepshika Srikanth (7ARI) in class 7.4a. Mrs Golden wished to say, “Deepshika always gives 100% in lessons and homework. Well done and keep up the good work.” Our Key Stage 3 boy of the week is Jack Draper (7ARI) in class 7.2a, nominated by Miss Latham. She wanted to say that “Jack is always keen and enthusiastic to answer questions and offer reasons in class.”
Moving on to Key Stage 4, Mrs Mackay wished to nominate Harley Tandy (11EJN) in class 11.1. “Harley has shown a real determination to succeed this year and as a consequence he is now achieving a very high level of attainment in all areas. He demonstrates a thorough understanding of all concepts needed to gain a top grade at GCSE and is able to apply these to solve difficult worded questions. It has been a pleasure teaching Harley over these past two years and I wish him every success in his examinations and the future.” To finish, our final nomination comes from Mrs Chard, who nominated Ella Brown (11PRR) in class 11.0. She wished to say, “Ella has continued to work hard on her mathematics revision and in an extremely organised way. Her practice past papers are covered in notes with important things highlighted and she's always willing to work effectively with other pupils. I'm sure her effort will be rewarded with a top mathematics grade in the GCSE exams. Good luck to her and all the rest of Year 11 in your non-calculator exam on Thursday.” Well done to all our Mathemagicians of the week.
You may recall in an earlier bulletin (22nd April to be precise!), Miss Lee reported how the UK Space Agency and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening have challenged half a million UK students to grow 200 rocket seeds, half of which have spent months on board the ISS with Major Tim Peake – well, fast forward and here is her latest report: “Day 21 in the Rocket science lab. Students have been monitoring the progress of the rocket seeds over the past few weeks and have been collecting data relating to percentage grown and height. At this stage we are seeing no significant difference between the ‘red’ and ‘blue’ seeds. The ‘red’ seeds have a slightly higher percentage of seedlings alive, but both have a very similar average for the ‘tallest seedling’. After talking to some other schools in the local area it appears that similar results are being seen, which is leading to the conclusion that cosmic rays have had little effect on the rocket seeds but … we will wait until all of the data is submitted before we make our final conclusions!”
In other Science news, also from Miss Lee ... “Wellington School has been working with other Trafford schools and we are pleased to announce that, as a result, we have formed 'The Trafford Ogden Trust Partnership'. This will bring together schools in Trafford to encourage more students to get involved with STEM subjects, with a focus on Physics and Engineering. We have a number of events in the pipeline designed to enthuse and inform students and parents about the versatility of Physics in a wide range of future careers. Wellington will be publishing full details of The Trust's events in due course: upcoming activities include a "Meet the STEM ambassadors" day at Manchester University; a STEM careers fair evening at AGSB for students and parents; and evening lectures given by guest speakers for Year 12s and parents. Parental support is invaluable and we are always on the lookout for connections to industry or to develop our relationship with the regional scientific community, particularly in Physics and Engineering. Alternatively, if you are interested in becoming a future speaker, please do get in contact with us.”
I’m on the bike today for the first time in a while (my goodness it was hard work!), so I want to get away before 6, otherwise my much-needed Friday night soothing elixir will be delayed. Plenty to do this weekend; it’s that time of year when review collides head-on / dove-tails (depending what mood I’m in) with planning so that’s Saturday morning taken care of. It’s also my (significantly older) sister’s 50th birthday tomorrow and my son’s 14th on Sunday, so lots of quality time with the family, which will be fabulous.
Just a plug for the Open Morning on Saturday 25th June between 9.30am – 12.30pm. Please pass on to anybody you may know who is considering (or indeed may not have as yet) Wellington. I’m preaching to the converted in this forum, as you know what a grand job we do, but let’s get the usual masses through the doors on that morning so they can see for themselves. Alternatively, if anyone you know cannot make it, then they can always contact us for a visit on another occasion.
Have a lovely weekend.
Examination Results - August 2015
Congratulations to all the fabulous students and staff of Wellington School on another successful year of examination results.
It has been an emotion-filled morning as Year 11 students collected their GCSE results, with a record-equalling 76% achieving 5 A* - C including English and Maths (a figure set to increase over the coming weeks with closer analysis and requests for re-marks).
We are proud of each and every one of our Year 11 students and they should be proud of what they have achieved and how far they have come. There are far too many personal success stories to quote here. 11 students this year got a full house of A* or A grades - a remarkable achievement.
These outstanding GCSE results follow last week's equally impressive A2 and AS Level results. Our Year 13s once again did fantastically well with an increase in A* - E grades but particularly in the numbers achieving the highest A* - B grades. Our Year 12 students exceeded their and our expectations, securing the School's best ever AS figures, which bodes well for A Levels in 2016!
Well done to everyone at home and in School who contributed to all these tremendous results, celebrate in style, enjoy the rest of the break and I'll see (most of) you in September.
S P Beeley
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